All victims ID’d, but hidden camera investigation far from over

Through an exhaustive video review and the tireless work of investigators, every victim whose image was captured and stored on the hidden GoPro found in a Premier Athletics changing and restroom has been identified, 55 in all.

The initial information shared by the Department was that there were 60 victims, but that number has since changed to 55, as some of the victims were filmed by that camera more than once. Fifty-three of the victims are minors, and the parents of every minor victim, and the two adult victims have all been notified.

The Department’s continued efforts in this case are now focused on two things: (1) Preparing a Grand Jury presentment in which we will be seeking charges on behalf of the victims, and (2) The thorough review of additional evidence in this case. The Franklin Police Department wants to ensure that the suspect is held fully accountable for his crimes by leaving no stone unturned. While we’ve made some incredible progress, the investigation is far from over.

Anyone with information regarding this case can share it directly with detectives by emailing concern@franklintn.gov.

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Update on investigation into hidden camera discovered in Premier Athletics bathroom

As the investigation into a hidden camera found inside a girls bathroom at Premier Athletics continues, Franklin Police want to provide an update to victims and parents.

The GoPro camera that was found hidden in a girls changing and restroom has been reviewed. Videos of 60 females, mostly minors, were discovered on the camera. Detectives believe that the suspect had been intermittently staging the camera to capture video in the restroom since September. Two of the 60 victims appear to have been partially undressed in the videos. Working with facility management, detectives have identified 47 of the 60 victims and are in the process of notifying their parents. Detectives are working to identify the remaining 13 victims.

The girls changing and restroom at the center of this investigation is located inside the Premier Athletics suite. There is no current evidence to suggest that other restrooms or private areas in the multi-tenant facility were compromised.

Franklin Police Detectives are examining a variety of other evidence seized as part of the investigation and expect to file multiple charges. Once formally charged in this case, Franklin Police will identify the suspect, his charges, bond amount, and court date.

The placement of a camera in such a private place is a violation of trust in its most extreme form. This is terribly upsetting to parents and their children, and it is just as troubling to us. The Department is working diligently to safeguard sensitive images, to help victims and their families cope, and to prepare a solid criminal case for the courtroom.

Parents can share information they may have about this case by
emailing Franklin Police at:
concern@franklintn.gov

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Investigation underway after hidden camera discovered in Premier Athletics girls bathroom

Franklin Police are investigating after a hidden camera was discovered inside a girls bathroom at a Cool Springs sports training facility. The General Manager of Premier Athletics, on Gothic Court in Franklin, turned the GoPro camera in after finding it hidden in a girl’s changing and restroom, Thursday.

Detectives are reviewing video that was captured and stored on the GoPro and are working closely with facility management to identify multiple victims. Once identified, the parents of those girls will be contacted by Franklin Police. The camera has been linked to an employee of the business, and charges are forthcoming.

Parents can share information they may have about this case by
emailing Franklin Police at:
concern@franklintn.gov

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Suspect held after domestic shooting in Franklin

Hunter Pelham
Age: 19
Franklin, Tennessee

A Franklin man is behind bars after an early morning shooting. At about 4:30 Saturday morning, officers were summoned to the 100 block of Grenadier Drive for a shooting. Officers determined that Hunter Pelham, 19, of Franklin, shot his father during a domestic disturbance. The 44-year-old victim was treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Pelham, charged with Aggravated Assault, is being held in the Williamson County Jail on a $50,000 bond. The gun used in the shooting was stolen in another jurisdiction. Additional charges in this case are possible.

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Sketch released of suspect who grabbed woman in park; Cash reward for information

Detectives are hopeful that this sketch will help lead to the identification of a suspect who assaulted a woman on a Franklin walking trail.

Just after 8:30 a.m. on July 5, officers responded to Franklin’s Aspen Grove Park after the suspect approached the victim and grabbed her buttocks.

Franklin Police are seeking information about a light-skinned black male with a thin, scraggly beard, like the one in this TBI sketch.

A cash reward is being offered for information:
Call Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
or click to submit an anonymous eTip

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Ohio woman wanted after disappearing with three Franklin children

Franklin Police are seeking information on the whereabouts of a woman and three children. Late last night, the children’s grandmother reported that 25-year-old Jovelie Nelson, of Ohio, took a 2-year-old child from the grandmother’s Natchez Street residence. Nelson then went to an elementary school parking lot in Franklin where she took a 6 and 7-year-old from the grandmother, 7:30 Friday morning. The kids are Nelson’s biological children, but an Ohio judge had removed them from her custody. Nelson and the three children were last seen in a blue 4-door vehicle that was being driven by an unknown person at 7:30 Friday morning, in Franklin.

It is unknown if the children are in any danger, but family and police concern has increased as the whereabouts of Nelson and her three children remain unknown. Nelson has ties to Franklin, Nashville, and Lima, Ohio. She is currently wanted for three felony counts of Custodial Interference. A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 is being offered for anyone who has information on their whereabouts.

Call 9-1-1 or
to provide an anonymous tip:
(615) 794-4000 or click here
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Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of credit card crook

Franklin Police and Crime Stoppers are offering a cash reward for information that helps ID this thief. On March 2, he used credit cards stolen from a Concord Rd. YMCA locker to purchase hundreds in gift cards at a Franklin Walgreen’s. Call Crime Stoppers if you recognize him: (615) 794-4000.

Crime Stoppers cash offered for ID of two suspects using stolen credit cards

Detectives in Franklin are working to identify two suspects wanted for using stolen credit cards at several area businesses. These two used the stolen cards to purchase more than $1,700 in merchandise from DSW Shoes and Staples in Franklin, as well as stores in Brentwood and Green Hills on November 17.

Information about these suspects
is worth up to $1,000
with an anonymous call to
Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000
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Reward offered for designer purse thiefs

crimestoppersFranklin Police want to identify these three suspects, wanted for stealing $800 in designer purses from the Cool Springs Belk on Monday. A male and female juvenile accompanied the trio and appear to have been acting as lookouts while the crime was in progress. If you know who these suspects are, you could earn up to $1,000 with an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers: (615) 794-4000.

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